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The World’s Largest Methanol Refinery (and the fight to stop it)-ENCORE
Aug04

The World’s Largest Methanol Refinery (and the fight to stop it)-ENCORE

Making Contact · The World’s Largest Methanol Refinery (and the fight to stop it) – Encore   The Fight to Stop the World’s Largest Methanol Refinery Barbara Bernstein’s story of several communities in the Pacific Northwest of the United States who are fighting mammoth fracked gas projects that would turn this green region into a fracked-gas export hub. For years, Bernstein has reported for Making Contact on David versus...

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Wolves at the Well: The Corporate Grab of Public Water (Encore)
Apr20

Wolves at the Well: The Corporate Grab of Public Water (Encore)

Making Contact · Wolves at the Well: The Corporate Grab of Public Water (Encore)   Water is critical to maintaining the balance of all life on Earth. As humans go, the United Nations estimates that each person needs about 50 to 100 liters a day for drinking and washing. It must be safe, accessible, and affordable. Some corporations claim ownership of fresh water sources to bottle and sell for profit. Others use water as a tool to...

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Bad Math: the Risks of Artificial Intelligence
Feb25

Bad Math: the Risks of Artificial Intelligence

Bad Math: the Risks of Artificial Intelligence When we think of Artificial Intelligence we often think of intelligent robots who act and think like humans -the walking, thinking, feeling machines that we see in the movies. The advent of that kind of intelligent robot is so far off in the future, that we often don’t recognize the kind of AI already all around us. Or the effects its having on our lives. Courts, search engines,...

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The Utopian Dinner Table: How to Feed the World in 100 Years
Jan28

The Utopian Dinner Table: How to Feed the World in 100 Years

The Utopian Dinner Table: How to Feed the World in 100 Years Nearly 10 percent of people are food insecure, meaning they don’t have reliable access to affordable, nutritious food. And in 50 years, the world population will likely peak, but the demand for food will nearly double. How will we accommodate the demand? This episode explores possible solutions to working around the industrial food system, from cultivating urban...

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Reckonings: From Health Insurance Spin Doctor to Truth Teller
Nov19

Reckonings: From Health Insurance Spin Doctor to Truth Teller

From Health Insurance Spin Doctor to Truth Teller ‘I was getting people to make decisions based on misleading information that could have life or death consequences.’ That’s Wendell Potter, the former head of public relations for CIGNA. As the executive spin doctor for one of the biggest health insurance companies in the country, he was responsible for concocting tales that enabled CIGNA to deny coverage, discredit...

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The World’s Largest Methanol Refinery (and the fight to stop it)
Sep17

The World’s Largest Methanol Refinery (and the fight to stop it)

Photo by Rick Rappaport The Fight to Stop the World’s Largest Methanol Refinery Special for Climate Week: Barbara Bernstein’s story of several communities in the Pacific Northwest of the United States who are fighting mammoth fracked gas projects that would turn this green region into a fracked-gas export hub. For years, Bernstein has reported for Making Contact on David versus Goliath battles...

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